American skier Bode Miller, 36-years-old, finally made it on the podium at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He won the bronze medal in the men’s super-G on Sunday. He became the
“To be on the podium, it’s a really big day for me,” said Miller, who placed eighth in downhill and sixth in super-combined. “Emotionally, I had a lot riding on it. I’m super, super happy.”
He tied with Canada’s Jan Hudec for third. Hudec has a bulging disc in his back and he did not know he would even be able to ski. This is the first Alpine medal for Canada in 20 years.
“I can’t be thankful enough and at the same time I know there’s gas in the tank for gold,” Hudec said. “Hopefully, it’s not the last time you see me.”
Miller’s American teammate Andrew Weibrecht received the silver medal.
“It’s unbelievable. I came down and knew I skied well. I knew I had a good run,” Weibrecht said. “I came through the finish and appreciated my run. Then I took a couple of seconds and looked at the time, I saw two and looked away. I looked again and was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.”‘
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won his fourth straight gold medal in the event.
“It’s insane,” said Jansrud, whose nation now has five of the eight gold medals awarded in Olympic super-G.
It was an emotional win for Miller and this is probably his last Olympics. So much was expected of him, but he has not performed well in the other events. His younger brother Chelone died in April 2013 of a seizure and he dreamed of snowboarding in Sochi for a medal. Miller broke down in tears after someone mentioned his brother.
Thanks for all the support, today was one of the most emotional days of my life. I miss my brother.
– Bode Miller (@MillerBode) February 16, 2014